What’s gonna happen to them? Or really any other situation where the best solution is not someone showing up with a gun. And this is gonna take sustained pressure and attention over a long period of time, from all of us. And one of them was about wealth redistribution. Because among other things, the idea that being a “lazy” slave was a character flaw, as opposed to a frequent act of protest against a brutally unjust system, is infuriating. Black Americans are two-and-a-half times more likely than whites to be killed by police. After the unrest, in the late 60s, a commission was set up to investigate and issue advice. [Interviewer] Do you think a negro family moving here will affect the community as a whole? There is– Trevor Noah said it so beautifully last night, there’s a social contract that we all have, that if you steal or if I steal then the person who is the authority comes in and they fix the situation. Because all week long protesters have continued to fill the streets in all 50 states in the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd by the police. And not only does that incident raise serious questions about those officers, it also implicates the entire precinct, because they presumably thought that none of their co-workers would have a problem with what they did. Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it's involved in a crime? The problem is he has qualified immunity. And besides that being morally reprehensible, it is a tool that most labor unions simply don’t have at their disposal. They’re both larger now than they were when King gave that speech. Welcome to the show. John: Yeah. And it’s past time that we start protecting each other and taking this seriously. “Take it a step slower.” He just basically threatened in action against “the killers” as a bargaining chip. [David Zucchino, Author] Here’s from a 1949 textbook quote, “a number of blacks were jailed for starting a riot and a new white administration took over Wilmington’s government,” end quote. The A.V. Only this time the TV spot has a little more honesty. Finally an answer to the question that scholars have asked for ages: what would an ancient Egyptian sound like if he orgasmed while taking antidepressants? Your email address will not be published. The dinosaurs died 65 million years ago, and you’d still be floored if someone only just told you about them. Watch Laura Ingraham take one school board’s discussion of an anti-racist curriculum and spin it out into a dystopian vision designed to terrify her viewers. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk show airing Sundays on HBO in the United States and HBO Canada, and on Mondays (originally Tuesdays) on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. I’m sorry to say that we have to tell our police officers “take it a step slower.”. [“Crisis in Levittown” (1957) Dynamic Films]. Phil Murphy, (D) New Jersey] Yes, it’s hot. [Hasan Kwame Jeffries] I swear Ohioans suffer from underground railroad-itis, right? [Joy Behar] Thomas Jefferson, who didn’t — who didn’t free his slaves. And let’s start by just acknowledging that the police have long enjoyed an exalted role in American society. Only a fucking monster wouldn’t want that. I’ve never heard of this ever.”, John: That’s terrible. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered, police use force against black people at seven times the rate of whites. Second, given the shockingly low number of rape cases that actually result in charges, much less convictions, I really wouldn’t be holding that up as proof that our current system is working well. John: yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Are you emotionally, spiritually, psychologically prepared to snuff out a human life in defense of innocent lives? John: Exactly. [David Brown, fmr. Set your price for a slave. They can’t effectively do their job. As usual, Sunny Hostin is very right, and Meghan McCain is very “there.” Because, while Washington did promise to free his slaves in his will, it specified they wouldn’t gain their freedom until his wife’s death. And when you skip over the past half-century, you don’t get to see the process by which white supremacy, instead of disappearing, merely adapted. Children’s books can be charming and also racist. And that confidence that he’s above punishment, actually brings us to the second point that we want to look at tonight, what the major obstacles to reform have been. Which is not good. Required fields are marked *. It’s not going to serve any of us well. Oh, no! And that is the version that most americans are taught in school. John fucking Lewis would do that. Now, that grouse man is actually called Dave Grossman and he calls himself an expert in killology, a term that he invented and defines as “the scholarly study of the destructive act.” Just as sexology is the scholarly study of the procreative act, which– oh– And also, I’m pretty sure that the first lesson in sexology is never called sex the procreative act if you want anyone to pro-creatively act with you ever again. Because all week we’ve seen graphic videos, which are going to be hard to watch, of them driving directly into crowds, beating people with sticks, and sometimes assaulting the right to assemble with shocking speed and barbarity. But others can actually make things even worse, with tone-deaf assignments and classroom exercises that you may be familiar with from local news stories like these: [wcnc.com, 2020] This is the activity in question. Your email address will not be published. And about one in every thousand black men can expect to be killed by police. So the social contract is broken. You broke the contract when for 400 years, we played your game and built your wealth. Just time for a quick recap of the week. You broke the contract when we built our wealth again on our own by our bootstraps in Tulsa and you dropped bombs on us, when we built it in Rosewood and you came in and you slaughtered us. I had no idea this happened!” While many black Americans went, “holy shit! [NBC News] The concert also featured a performance by Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who moonlights as a DJ. Anyway, I was in Police Academy! And they are lucky that what black people are looking for is equality and not revenge. But even I can tell you, if you’re spending a billion dollars on misconduct settlements, you might wanna seriously examine what conduct looks like. You know, it’s bad enough when it’s just a bunch of random sheepheads cheering on Trump’s lawless rhetoric, it’s a lot more alarming when that applause is coming from the people whose main job is to see lawlessness and stop it. After the civil war, the battle over how history would be told in textbooks was intense. Medical groups say police violence against black and brown Americans is just one of many physical and psychological factors that make racism a serious public health issue. It seems like there becomes this great focus on the negative history of America instead of saying — oh, take, for instance, slavery — instead of, you know, looking at it in a positive light that Americans overcame something as evil as slavery and that we’re still a great nation today should be a testament to the kind of American spirit that exists in this country. All rights reserved. John Oliver explains why greater oversight is needed, and how we can go about getting it. Everything is fixed now.” The truth is, the civil rights movement was longer, messier, more radical, and, crucially, was thwarted in more of its aims than many of us were taught in school. John: What? And all of this coupled with the continued denial of economic and housing opportunities—not always particularly subtle, by the way—meant that by the summer of 1967 there were a series of high-profile uprisings against racial injustice across the United States. It asks students to choose to be a slave or a slave owner, and then to write a journal entry that describes daily activities before the civil war. It’s how neatly he fits into a systemic racism that’s been baked into this country from the beginning and which will still be here when he is gone. Because I think it’s bullshit! This is a difficult moment and I really hope that you’re taking time for yourself, and whether it’s through meditation or yoga or– just kidding, FUCK YOU forever Tucker Carlson, you sentient polo mallet. And that is possible to do. And you know who understood that? Where? And guys, they’re pissing away millions and millions of dollars to projects. Now this past week saw a huge mega millions draw. And as batshit as Grossman is, he is by no means a fringe figure in police culture. [KTVI, 2019] The question about slavery read, “you own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. In a nutshell: Gaza–horrific; Ebola spreading; and Syria, to be honest, it’s barely being reported on, but let’s assume it’s still fucking awful. We just asking us to do too much. With John Oliver, David Kaye, Robert John Burke, Josh Charles. But the police have not just been incidentally tainted by racism. And look, this reckless indifference — whether it’s coming from these idiots, this idiot, that idiot, this especially idiotic idiot, or the most powerful idiot of all — is costing people their lives. That’s a good thing. But what about everyone else? Stop that! Many took pride in what they did and loved their cabins and the plantation as if they actually owned them. Because those kids grow up. Take what happened in Minneapolis with two officers who belonged to our friend Bob’s Union. You’ve got your own police force, you have no plans to replace them with Rapid Response social workers. Because it’s going to be far too easy for nothing to meaningfully change here. Our whole show is actually gonna be about one thing, and you probably know what, and you probably know why. Instead, tonight let’s talk about the police. I mean, it’d be fine if nearly half of Americans were unaware of Groundhog Day, the meaningless date when an idiot dressed like goth Willy Wonka holds up a non-clairvoyant woodchuck whose face somehow screams “I have better things to do.”. Which help it if minor crimes are left unattended, it will lead to more serious crimes, therefore please have better crackdown on those minor offenses. [Damario Solomon-Simmons, Civil Rights Attorney] When I went to OU in 1998, I was sitting in a class of African-American history. If you live in a gated community, it might sound like a good idea. Here he is spelling out the whole game in 1981 — and I’m going to warn you, you’re about to hear the n-word a lot. Because it’s not just the history that hurts here, it’s how you’re being made to feel while you learn it. [Bill Clinton] 100,000 new police in communities of all sizes. And in response to those protests, which have been a stirring pushback against institutional racism and brutality, has been frankly sickening to see them met with this. But it leaves a lot out. [Laura Ingraham] Now, every subject, every extracurricular activity will be perverted to turn your kids into mini Ilhan Omars. But in response to that progress, white people pushed back and pushed back hard. Things like stable housing, mental health services and community organizations. I honestly don’t know what’s more alarming there, his determination to train police officers to be predators, his air of casual impunity, or the fact they has a sign in his office that says “let me drop everything and work on your problem,” which is always the office decor choice of a grade-a asshole. Think of the emotional whiplash that man went through. So while we should absolutely be angry at the police right now let’s also be angry at this series of choices that left them as essentially the only public resource in some communities. And police unions can also oppose even the most basic common-sense reform. So we have to teach it better and continue to learn it, because it’s important for all of us to listen to the voices of history, whether they are a call to action, truly horrific, or a sad mummy orgasm. Yeah! Aired on August 2, 2020. Bad textbook! John: Okay, so there’s a lot to unpack there. Massively expanding a broken institution to score cheap political points, and if you can do that while playing the saxophone– well, that just gets even cooler. Instead he returned to his congressional office to tell his staff in person. The effects of reconstruction were almost immediate, with an estimated 2,000 black men serving in elective office during that era, including a number in congress. April 16, 2015 Hana HBO, How Am I Suppose to Live Without You, IRS, John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, Michael Bolton, tax season, transcript Our main story tonight is the IRS. [wcnc.com] Were they gonna hang them? August 4, 2020. When the hospital is hit with a cyber attack threatening to shut down life-saving machines, Lea rises to the challenge and looks to outsmart the hackers to prove herself. And the thing is, Joy Behar’s version of history, while distorted, is definitely more palatable, especially for white people, and seeking out misleadingly comforting versions of history is a pattern we’ve seen again and again this year. “I find it disgusting that the LAPD slaughtering peaceful protesters on the street. Take the century between the end of the civil war and the civil rights act, which is often glossed over but should probably be taught a lot more thoroughly. Now this past week … And it makes “Know Alabama” sound less like the title of that textbook and more like something you’d yell at it: “No, Alabama! As far as I’m concerned, they could burn this bitch to the ground, and it still wouldn’t be enough. When they fought for the voting rights act in the 1960s, they were fighting to get back something they’d already had. U.S. History: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – Transcript. And perhaps no one takes that idea further than this guy: [Dave Grossman, from “Conditioned Response” (2017)] “Once you’ve made the decision to take a human life, you’re a transformed creature, you’re a predator. Because “I’m carrying a highly infectious disease” is never news that needs to be told in person, especially when there are plenty of better ways to do it. It can be painful too, as America has recently been reminded, because George Floyd’s murder has forced a hard national conversation about this country’s present, which is impossible to do effectively without re-examining its past. But it’s a bit like sex ed: you don’t skip straight ahead to ejaculation — which, by the way, is a pretty good sex tip for anyone with a penis — but we also don’t spend the first semester of sex ed teaching kids that we were all dropped out of the sky by fucking storks, because they’ll later have to un-learn that. 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